Bradley S. Peterson, MD

University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Director, Institute for the Developing Mind, Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families Department of Pediatrics,
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Bradley S. Peterson, MD, the inaugural director of the Institute for the Developing Mind, joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in July 2014 after 13 years at Columbia University, where he served as the director of the Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry. Before that, he spent 12 years at Yale University, where he served as Director of Neuroimaging at the Yale Child Study Center.

Peterson’s vast experience as a scientist, physician, teacher and mentor provides the Institute with the transformative leadership necessary to establish a comprehensive program of interdisciplinary research, education, training and clinical services for childhood neurodevelopmental problems at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His research has used brain-imaging technologies to understand the origins of neurodevelopmental disorders, and to map the complex pathways between the genetic and environmental influences that can trigger their onset or progression. A physician in the Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families within the Department of Pediatrics at CHLA, Peterson also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), where he is director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He has published hundreds of papers and received numerous awards for his work in childhood neurodevelopmental disorders. Specific disease processes that he studies include autism, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, premature birth and the effects of environmental toxins on brain development.

Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Medicine in 1987. He then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1990, a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in 1992, and a clinical fellowship in child psychiatry at Yale in 1994.

“Private funding is essential to advancing research that will improve the emotional and behavioral health of children. It leads to important advances in knowledge and treatment in its own right, but it also can provide important pilot data that is then leveraged to secure much larger amounts of funding from federal agencies.”

Bradley S. Peterson, MD